Ross, as I said in the email, thank you very much!! I'll find something to send your way for sure.
Of course the uniform bears the colors of my beloved Blue Jays, and the numbers are the retro style, which the Jays should have never given up over the years. Seeing that got me to thinking...
Which Jays over the years have worn the #30 on their back? I was surprised when I did a little research and found the list contained 12 players. I thought there may have been more, but now that think more about it, 1 every 3 years that the franchise has existed isn't too bad.
There were 6 players that wore the number for only one season:
Juan Berenguer (1981)
Wayne Nordhagen (1982)
Mike Morgan (1983)
Frank Castillo (2000)
Doug Linton (2003)
and the following fellow who wore it first in Blue Jays history.
|'77 Topps # 517|
There were four Jays who would wear the # 30 for two seasons:
Joe Cannon (1979-1980)
Ron Musselman (1984-1985)
Woody Williams (1997-1998)
Alberto Castillo (2000-2001)
There was only one player to wear # 30 for three years (2004-2006), and he was the last Jay to wear it:
|'07 UD #246|
Justin Speier's 3 years in Toronto were the most successful of his career from a numbers standpoint. Justin went 8-10 with a 3.18 ERA and a 1.160 WHIP over those 3 years, with all of his appearances coming out of the pen. Justin was only one of 2 players drafted in the 55th round (!) of the 1995 draft to make it to the majors, the only other was Mark Mulder who didn't sign with the Tigers, and was drafted 3 years later with the 2nd pick by the A's.
There was only one player to wear the #30 for more than 3 years in a Jays uniform, and he wore it with the most success as well.